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I am about 6 stones overweight. What do you advise me to do to remove this excess weight?

I am about 6 stones overweight. What do you advise me to do to remove this excess weight?

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Thank you for your question.

A balanced diet and healthy lifestyle is particularly important in maintaining health. It is unclear from your question if you have had or currently have any medical issues which may have attributed to your weight gain.

It is always difficult to make major changes to lifestyle, especially where weight reduction and increase exercise are concerned, as there seems to be so much information available, that one may not know where to start.

We have included some links which you may find useful for further reading on the subject. They also contain useful advice on how to and where to start with making changes.

It may be advisable to initially commence a food diary to reflect on what and when you are eating, which is a brilliant way of monitoring processed foods and sometimes “unseen” calories which may be inclusive of your current dietary intake. It would also be helpful to monitor the fluids that you are drinking, as they may also contain extra calorific values, particularly alcohol.

  • It may be recommended that you discuss your issues with your G.P. or Practice Nurse at your surgery. It may be an idea to speak to them prior to making any changes in your dietary intake. They may have a healthy living program and advise you on steps that you can take before making any changes in your diet.
  • A useful guide to identifying the correct weight for your height is the Body Mass Index. This is a useful tool to guide you to what your weight should be. (Please note that this is just a guide).

The NHS Choices website has a very useful section relating to diet & exercise in their Eat Well Guide. It also has articles and explanations on related issues like, what is a balanced diet, understanding calories, & recipes and meal plans to help guide you.

We have also provided you with a link to the Change4life website, which offers support changing dietary needs and lifestyle.

Healthy weight calculator - NHS

Change4life - NHS

Healthy eating - NHS

Lose weight - NHS

Live well - NHS

As previously mentioned, it is always a good idea to inform your G.P. before making any major changes in your diet, and also they may have local support clubs already in place which may be able to assist you. Some GP’s can “prescribe” local gym membership at a reduced rate, to assist and support you through your journey, and enable you to access support with starting an exercise regime.

We hope you have found this helpful.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses